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Here are some Lane stories and accounts over the years:

The Lanes of Bentley Hall

The forebear of these Lanes was said to be Adam de Lona of Wolverhampton.  Richard Lone or Lane married the Hyde heiress of Blymnill in 1414 and later, as Richard Lone de la Hyde, acquired Bentley Hall in 1428.  By the time of Thomas Lane in the early 1600’s, the manor was surrounded by two parks, both of which contained deer when the King visited.  These Lanes were ardent Royalists. 

On the night of September 10 1651, King Charles II took shelter at Bentley Hall.  The English Civil War had just ended with Charles’s defeat at the Battle of Worcester and he was now fleeing for his life from Oliver Cromwell's victorious troops.  The King was helped by the then owner Colonel John Lane and his sister Jane Lane.  The next day she took Charles, disguised as her servant, to Bristol.  From there he continued what became over a 600-mile escape route to France. 

Bentley Hall near present-day Walsall was later renamed King’s Bromley manor.  There were three manor houses on the site.  But nothing remains today except a cairn stone.

Richard Lane's Misfortunes on Providence Island

Richard Lane, who grew up in Herefordshire, had what was considered at the time unorthodox Puritan views - which he was not afraid to express.  Thus it might not be a surprise to learn that, after a seven year apprenticeship as a merchant tailor, he decided to emigrate with his family. 

They in fact departed for the Caribbean in 1632, joining a Puritan group intent on establishing a colony on Providence Island off the coast of Central America.  Richard’s task was to introduce and supervise the growing of the plant madder, the root of which was used to make red dye. 

In 1641, Richard Lane came under criticism for his Puritan views.  He, along with two clergymen, was arrested and brought to trial in London.  However, at the hearing, the charges were found to be unmerited and he was able to return to his duties.  That year in fact he was nominated, unsuccessfully as it turned out, as Governor of Providence Island. 

In 1657 Richard and his son Oziell were drowned off Eleuthera island.  His widow Alice petitioned the company for a pension and she and her remaining children returned to London.  The eldest son Samuel, unsettled in England, emigrated to Maryland in 1

Lanes in Hingham, Massachusetts

A gravestone in the older part of the Hingham cemetery bears the following inscription:

“In memory of
Captain George Lane
who died May 3, 1790, aged 59  
Peter Lane
lost at sea 1779, aged 22
Ferdinand Lane
died at New York September 10 1793, aged 25."

Sarah Lane and the Lupino Family

Sam Lane had started the Britannia theatre in Hoxton, east London in 1840.  On his death in 1871 his wife Sarah succeeded him as proprietor and manager until her own death in 1899.  During this time she also appeared regularly as the principal boy in the Britannia’s annual pantomimes. 

Among the performers at the Britannia, and a favorite of Sarah Lane, was the actor Henry Charles Lupino.  He came from a long line of Lupino actors, said to have started with an Italian puppeteer immigrant to London in the 1620’s.  Lupino’s son adopted the Lane name and as Lupino Lane made his fame and his fortune in the musical Me and My Girl.

Lanes in America by Country of Origin


Lost Lanes

At the time of the potato famine and later, many Lanes left their impoverished lives in Ireland for a new home in America.  A number, however, got lost in the process.  The register in The Search for Missing Friends, generally placed by relatives, is voluminous at this time.  The following is a snapshot of some of the Lane entries.

November 1849.  Bridget Lane, aged 24, who arrived in Boston on August 14, 1848 on the Harriet and Jane from Youghal in county Cork.  Miss Lane has a brother now residing in Benson, Vermont, who is very anxious to hear from her.  

November 1851.  Jeremiah Lane, who had lived with lived with his uncle, Thomas O'Keefe in Cruckanmore parish in county Cork, from which place he came to America.  Any information respecting him will be thankfully received by his sister, Ellen Lane, of Hampton, New Hampshire.  

July 1852.  William and John Lane (aged 16 and 14), natives of Fermoy parish in county Cork, who landed in some part of British America in August, 1848 with their father who died at Quarantine soon after landing.  The two lads were taken by a gentleman of the name of Howell to some part of Upper Canada.  Any information respecting them will be thankfully received by their sister, Honora Lane.  

July 1854.  James Lane of Kenmare in county Kerry, who came to the United States two and a half years ago and has not been heard from since.  Information of him will be received by his daughter, Mary Lane, care of Patk IGO, Jefferson city, New Orleans.  

February 1864.  Michael Lane of the parish of Tourneena in county Waterford who left home on the 19th of March, 1853 or 1854, landed in New York, and when last heard from was in St Louis or Chicago.  He is about 38 years of age and about five feet six inches in height. He is in this country ten years next March.  Any information of him will be thankfully received by his brother, William Lane of Wayne county, Pennsylvania, who came to America in 1863.  

May 1865.  Patrick Lane, native of the parish of Killmurry in county Cork, who emigrated to Quebec in 1846.  When last heard from, about 17 years ago, he was in Youngstown, New York.  Also of Jane and Susan Lane who emigrated to this country about 15 years ago and are supposed to be in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Any information of all or any of them will be thankfully received by their sister, Bridget Singleton, in Litchfield county, Connecticut.

The Obituary of Thomas Lane

Thomas Lane of Crossley, Victoria died in 1917.  The local newspaper in Australia reported his death as follows: 

“An old and respected colonist died at his residence, Crossley, in the person of Mr. Thomas Lane who arrived in Victoria about 54 years ago.  He was identified with the early days of the gold diggings and 35 years ago he purchased land at Crossley, where he was engaged in farming until the time of his death which occurred at the age of 74 years.  He leaves a widow and grown up family to mourn their loss.  

The late Mr. Lane was the eldest son of Mr. John Lane of Firhill, county Limerick in Ireland and was very highly respected throughout the district.  The funeral took place last Saturday, when considerably over 100 vehicles followed the remains to their last resting place, the procession being about a mile and a half in length.  The Rev. P. Lennon conducted the service at the grave."

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